Capel Manor College

1pt.gif (86 bytes)This was another 'extra' and what a surprise treat...kind of like Wisley as it is a teaching garden, but not as big ... there is evidence of a manor during the late 13th century. In 1486 this manor was acquired by Sir William Capel, a Lord Mayor of London, and in the 16th century the manor was surrendered to the Crown. The Capel family were later connected with the formation of Kew Gardens and went on to become the Lords of Essex. The house today dates to the 1750's.
1pt.gif (86 bytes)There are many themed gardens - many of which trace the history of gardens and gardening or demonstrate gardening excellence. 
1pt.gif (86 bytes)One of the gardens that you see here, stuck my fancy ... I loved the blue glass balls - they seem to float. The other of the picket fence reminded me of an english garden and I think the topiary sets it off!
1pt.gif (86 bytes)The picture of the wall that you see is really a Ha-Ha. It was the old division between Theobalds Palace and the Capel Manor Estate. It dates back to when James 1 used Theobalds as a hunting lodge. 
1pt.gif (86 bytes)The gardens continue to evolve and a memorial garden to Diana, Princess of Wales has been created.

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